Here are some random thoughts and observations of the past 3 weeks of geocaching that do not fit as a standalone blog.
We should encourage our general public to use trails as a way to stay in shape and care needs to be taken to present these trails in a positive manner. I was out hiking the other day and I came to a trail-head that was called the ‘Bear Bait Trail’. Did they actually think that the name would encourage me to go down that trail? Why not call it the ‘bears are hungry and are waiting for you’ trail or ‘come in and see if you can outrun a bear’ trail. Needless to say I chose the much kinder and enticing ‘River Trail’ as my route.
I love geocaching in the woods but the cache locations are getting a bit predictable. Yesterday I walked 6km looking for 4 caches on a beautiful trail and spent a total of 1 minute finding all 4 caches. Directions to finding 80% of all caches in the woods on Vancouver Island are: Follow your GPSr to the location, look for the biggest tree trunk or stump, and look for the pile of wood or rocks covering a hole in the tree or stump and the pull out the cache. Actually due to the sensitivity of the environment and my desire to walk as far as I can each day while finding as many geocache as I can, let’s keep them this way!
Can we make it a rule to never place micro-containers in the woods and any other place where you are unable to get reliable satellite readings? This is counter-productive towards my geocaching targets.
Where are all the young people on the trails (I am not calling myself old)? Is exploring the outdoors not cool? Are they waiting until summer? I went to a busytrailhead the other day and at the parking lot and the picnic grounds the youth were well represented but when I went a couple of km down the trail and the only people I saw were of retirement age. Maybe the kids all decided to try the Bear Bait Trail?
When I was a child I loved to play sports in the rain and get filthy? I remember playing soccer and not being able to tell who was on myteam. Great times. I get to act like a kid again while geocaching during the West Coast Canadian winter. Some of the cache locations have me rolling on my tummy or scampering down a cliff and getting all covered in dirt. I had a lot of fun the other day after slipping and sliding my way down a 7km trail and then doing some grocery shopping in my wet mucky clothes. I am alive!!!
2500 km is a long way. Maybe someone will have to do a geocaching challenge while walking across Canada. I am open to it if anyone wants to be a sponsor?
How perfect of a caching name for a geocaching family is FamilyNavigation? The cool thing is that we had come up with the name and launched FamilyNavigation.com about 3 months before we even learned about geocaching. It was destiny.
How do we go about trying to make geocaching an Olympic sport? “Here is Martin from Canada approaching the 3rd cache location of today’s event. He approaches the bridge, he looks under…..oh he has spotted something right away, there he goes ….oh I think he has found it……yes he is signing the logbook…..oh what poise…. he hides it back where he found it and now he is off to find the fourth and final cache of the event to the dismay of the Russian and Australian competitors he just passed by. What excitement….what intensity”.
The last few days have been going very well on the geocache diet. I have had some fantastic hikes while finding quite a few geocaches. I seem to be getting a lot better at finding caches now then I was a month ago. I have now been geocaching each day for the past 26 days so the practice is paying off. Starting tomorrow I will have to be careful not to be distracted. I am fanatical about the Olympics and this time they are in my home province. I will try to limit my watching each day but it will be difficult. The family will be gathering around the TV to watch the opening ceremonies tomorrow and we are all very excited.